Rebecca Allen Smith

Brief Life History of Rebecca Allen

When Rebecca Allen Smith was born on 5 February 1830, in Caswell, North Carolina, United States, her father, Daniel Smith, was 43 and her mother, Sally Hubbard, was 46. She married Richard Robert Stevens on 25 August 1852, in Claiborne, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 10 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Kentucky, United States in 1870 and Woodstock, Pulaski, Kentucky, United States in 1880. She died on 4 April 1888, in Level Green, Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Brodhead, Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States.

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Family Time Line

Richard Robert Stevens
Rebecca Allen Smith
Marriage: 25 August 1852
Richard Robert Stevens Jr
Elizabeth Ann Stevens
William Stevens
Nancy Caroline Stephens
Hiram Thomas Stephens
Jonas Silvanus Stevens
Daniel Stephens
Mary Jane Stephens
Nathan Stephens
Lazaras Byrd Stephens
Howard Stevens
James Harvey Stevens
George Madison Stevens
Amanda Stephens
Sarah Frances Stevens

Sources (40)

  • Rebecca Smythe in household of Daniel Smythe, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Rebecca Stephens, "Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896"
  • 1852 MARRIAGE Rebecca Smith, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"

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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .

English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .

Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Life Story of Rebecca A. Smith Stevens

History of Rebecca Allen Smith and Richard Stevens On Christmas day, Dec. 25, 1823, Richard Stevens was born, in Caswell Country, North Carolina. Richard’s parents are unknown. To put his begin …

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